DEMOLITION directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Jake Gyllenhaal was scheduled to be released in April of 2016, but it will now be opening the 2015 Toronto Film Fest. Was the poor reception to SOUTHPAW a reason for the change? Gyllenhaal has pretty much been knocked out of the best actor race for SOUTHPAW. DEMOLITION may be the backup plan to keep him in the race. 

DEMOLITION is about a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris, Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

The 40th Toronto international film festival  runs from September 10th-20th.  

Full lineup is below with potential Oscar contenders highlighted. All subject to change once they have been screened for the Toronto audience.

World premieres
Beeba Boys – Deepa Mehta, Canada

Forsaken – Jon Cassar, Canada

Freeheld – Peter Sollett, USA

Hyena Road (Hyena Road: Le Chemin du Combat) – Paul Gross, Canada

Lolo – Julie Delpy, France

The Man Who Knew Infinity – Matt Brown, UK

The Martian – Ridley Scott, USA

The Program – Stephen Frears, UK

Septembers of Shiraz – Wayne Blair, USA

Stonewall – Roland Emmerich, USA

The Dressmaker – Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia

Colonia – Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France 

Desierto – Jonás Cuarón, Mexico

Families (Belles Familles) – Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France

Guilty (Talvar) – Meghna Gulzar, India 

The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) – Hany Abu-Assad, UK/Palestine

The Lady in the Van – Nicolas Hytner, USA

Maggie’s Plan – Rebecca Miller, USA

Parched – Leena Yadav, India/USA

Sunset Song – Terence Davies, UK/Luxembourg

Trumbo – Jay Roach, USA

Un plus une – Claude Lelouch, France

Where To Invade Next – Michael Moore, USA

Demolition – Jean-Marc Vallée, USA

International premieres
Legend – Brian Helgeland, UK

North American premieres
Remember – Atom Egoyan, Canada

The Danish Girl – Tom Hooper, UK/Sweden

The Daughter – Simon Stone, Australia

Dheepan – Jacques Audiard, France

Len and Company – Tim Godsall, USA

The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands

Louder than Bombs – Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark

Mountains May Depart (Shan He Gu Ren) – Jia Zhang-ke, China/France/Japan

Sicario – Denis Villeneuve, USA

Youth – Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/UK/Switzerland

Canadian premieres
Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, USA

Beasts of No Nation – Cary Fukunaga, Ghana

Black Mass – Scott Cooper, USA

Brooklyn – John Crowley, UK/Ireland/Canada

Room – Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada

Son of Saul (Saul Fia) – László Nemes, Hungary

Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, USA

Victoria – Sebastian Schipper, Germany